February 8, 2011

Parents left for dead, son charged with first-degree murder

Posted: 02:55 PM ET

Coral Gables, FL – On August 22, 2004, John Sutton and his wife Susan invited their adopted son Christopher and his girlfriend Juliette to their Coral Gables home for a casual dinner to celebrate Susan’s birthday.  A couple of hours later, Christopher and Juliette left to catch a movie. The elder Suttons settled in for the evening. John went to his bedroom to watch the Athens Olympics and Susan did some office work in another bedroom.  Approximately 10:30 p.m., an intruder broke into the house. He fatally shot Susan Sutton and wounded John Sutton, leaving him permanently blind.  The crime was labeled an attempted robbery and remained unsolved for almost seven months. During that time, Christopher assisted in nursing his father back to health.  In March 2005, police investigators made a link via a computer database between the ballistics evidence found at the crime scene and a gun taken from 20-year-old Garrett Kopp.  Kopp was arrested in nearby Homestead, FL on aggravated assault charges on August 23, 2004, the day after the Sutton shooting.  Kopp was arrested on March 15, 2005 and charged with first-degree murder.  Facing a life sentence, Kopp confessed and made a sworn statement implicating Christopher Sutton.  Detectives arrested Christopher about three weeks later on April 9, 2005 and charged him with first-degree murder, attempted murder and burglary.

Tune into In Session for FL v. Christopher Sutton!

 -Jim Kyle, In Session Field Producer

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dorothy   February 8th, 2011 6:54 pm ET

been watching but haven't heard but did john hear the shots that killed his wife. wasn't there more than one?

teresa, ohio   February 8th, 2011 10:33 pm ET

^5 to Koop for giving up the loser "adopted" son.

It's a shame Koop decided to go along with Christopher in his scheme. It only costs Koop his entire life.

Kathy Wright   February 8th, 2011 11:21 pm ET

I began watching the Sutton vs. Florida trial this week. My question is why is the prosecution presenting testimony from the local police detectives and other personnel WHEN THEY ARE ALL SAYING THE SAME THING! The prosecutors are showing them the same photographs of the murder scene. What am I missing?

beth   February 9th, 2011 5:26 am ET

I truly feel for the dad-but everyday he makes sure he's seated so he's always on camera!!!! that sewed shut eye is special too-i guess he's not into that pirate look,NOT especially since he's a lawyer. As to the son I'm betting he's bi-sexual & thats another reason for the dad to give the son crap-can't wait to see how this one ends up.

John McTigue.   February 9th, 2011 11:02 am ET

Would a legal expert on criminal law please explain why the defendant's father and victim, John Sutton is:

1.Permitted to fund his son's defense. Wouldn't there be a possible conflict of interest since John is both a victim and key prosecution witness? It seems to me that if there is a conviction, the defense could appeal and argue that the defense provided by John was incompetent
2.Sit in the courtroom prior to taking the stand. In most cases, victims and other potential witnesses are not permitted to sit in open court until after they have testified. As I understand it, this is to prevent future witnesses from being influenced by the testimony of earlier witnesses, such as in this case the former girlfriend.Another basis for appeal?

dano   February 9th, 2011 11:33 am ET

How very sad for the parents. You never know how your children are going to turn out whether adopted or not.

I do believe some people are plain bad seeds for whatever the reason.

Was Koop to receive a payoff for his involvement?

cathy joliet   February 9th, 2011 11:43 am ET

what is up with this exgirlfriend? is she on valium or just bored? she is sitting there looking at her nails, her eyes are closing, she has the winged eyeliner on (dont know what thats all about), she just looks and sounds bored out of her mind. not a convincing witness.

Nancy   February 9th, 2011 1:52 pm ET

Is there anything that this prosecutor does`t object to?? She objects before the defense attorney even gets two words out.

Kathy Jackson   February 9th, 2011 2:07 pm ET

Any evidence that Christopher's biological parents have addiction issues, criminal or sociopathic behavior?

javakat   February 9th, 2011 2:15 pm ET

The girlfriend seems so uncaring about the seriousness of the crime and what happened to Mrs. Sutton, you'd think she would answer respectfully. She acts like she's a victim just having to answer questions, and like this is all beneath her and a waste of her time. At times she acts very coy, smiling behind her hand, she appears to be very pleased with herself when she cries. The only thing she can remember so far in all the questions is her trip to Amsterdam. Notice how she keeps talking to herself on the stand, weird. I'm surprised she can get away with just saying "I don't remember" to almost every qustion. She can't remember why she had a private detective in her house? She can't remember if she called the friend the same day when she got out of the police station or what they discussed? Please. And the way her lawyer keeps trying to answer for her!

Jlynn   February 9th, 2011 2:19 pm ET

I agree with how un-intelligent the ex-girlfriend appears to be. Could she have been smoking pot before getting on the stand? I have a problem with the Defense attorney's line of questioning... What is his point of asking over and over again the same question about the letters she wrote? Who cares how she felt about Christopher 4 years ago? Are they trying to say that she was the one that put the hit on his parents?

Amy   February 9th, 2011 2:28 pm ET

his ex-girlfriend looks very bored but i would be to if I was gett ing asked the same questions over and over in different ways. The deffense attorney is also asking some rediculous questions and how many times does he need to be told to stop asking another question before the judge rules on an objection.

Norma   February 9th, 2011 3:04 pm ET

Re: Juliette Driscoll

The woman appeared to truly unappreciate cross exam. I do believe that she did at one time love the defendant. I also believe that this murder has upset her. I am curious as to wether she is now undergoing counseling. I do believe that I would need some. Just to learn how to cope with all of the emotions that she has to siphon and process. I felt that her testimony was 100% credible.

Joel S   February 9th, 2011 3:21 pm ET

I feel for the parents.... ive only been watching this for 15 minutes and I am very confident he is guilty... The ex-gf's testimonial as well as his ex-co workers (pot smokin buddy) saying the Sutton says it would be "easy" ... sorry buddy... GUILTY.... using the "theres no DNA.. no weapons etc" defense is weak....

Danae   February 9th, 2011 4:45 pm ET

This ex-girlfriend is a piece of work! I think she's enjoying the attention and I don't think I've ever seen a witness be more disrespectful. She keeps saying "uh-huh" and the court reporter has to keep reminding her to say "yes." She's so hostile!

Julia   February 9th, 2011 4:50 pm ET

I'm watching the girlfriend's testimony and waiting for her to just totally lose it...looks like she's really close..waiting for her to go totally ballilstic and attack somebody or get hauled off by men in white coats...

kiara   February 9th, 2011 5:05 pm ET

If he is guilty, another case of greed.

You never know what your children are going to do.

This case reminds me of the case of the Melendez' brothers.
Ridiculous excuse, we were abused......?????

Yes, he exgirlfriend sounds like she is a rebel teenager, bored and sad to look at.

Heather   February 9th, 2011 7:40 pm ET

The ex is all over the place because she is very nervous, and in my opinion, knows more than she is letting on. Her body language displays deception and she's like this because she has no idea how this is going to end up. As in, she could be implicated as well. I think she knows a lot more than she 'says' or 'remembers' and has selective memory. Nervous wreck.

Caroline   February 9th, 2011 7:47 pm ET

What a sad situation. Sutton "looks" like a spoiled, whiny brat to me. And, his former girlfriend appeared to have a lot of attitude. Obviously, both are very, very immature. I don't know how the dad could pay for the defense after finding out that it was his son who put a hit on him and his wife. Does the dad feel guilty for sending Sutton to Samoa where he says he was tortured?

Diane Darrow   February 9th, 2011 9:22 pm ET

Today the girlfriend testified. a few moments of levity. Wonder if they would be laughing if the deceased remains were to be displayed in the middle of the room? I didn't think anything was funny. How quickly we forget.
Question was asked audience what they would do with a troubled son where the parents had run out of answers? If I was the mother, knowing how it would end up, I would have shot him first. Too bad, that's not acceptable. But it's justice.
The girlfriend is as disturbed as the son. Probably will never know her true involvement. Classic enabler. If he hadn't had her to "vent" his rage to kill his parents for six years, MAYBE he wouldn't have had the nerve. She said she never believed him. A case of "evil attraction"? I think so!
I'm shocked to find the father paying legal fees for that piece of genetic malfunction. Is the father still in denial?
This is just one in a series of cases in the last twenty years, where kids have murdered one or both parents. Did the parents have no clue? I think they absolutely did. They were into deep denial and paid with their lives.
How about a "special" TV show with psychiatrists & psychologists going over mistakes these parents made, signs not ignore, how to protect themselves?

Patti McIntyre   February 10th, 2011 10:29 am ET

The girlfriend, Juliette, is not very credible. Her demeaner on the stand is very disrespectful. She very rarely looks at the prosecutor or defender...always looking down or away. This is a sign of person who is lying or hiding something. She acts like a poor little girl being asked to do something she does not want to do. If she truly cared about the defendants parents she would be answering clearly and showing some interest in getting to the truth of the matter. I also do not believe if the defendant was continually stating that his parents needed to pay....or having them killed, that she would not tell someone about this .... unless she was in on the plan. If I was on the jury, I would not take her testimoney into account.

ron post   February 10th, 2011 11:55 am ET

why have telephone records not been presented to prove communication between these conspirators the day of the shootings?

Sherrie   February 10th, 2011 12:10 pm ET

When you see the preview of this trail where the defendant is shown saying something. The FIRST words heard by him were: There's no proof! I didn't do anything. To me that seals his fate. I mean why would he state 'there's no proof...' This guy just condemned himself.

South Carolina

Drake   February 10th, 2011 12:17 pm ET

Why was the 911 operater so worried about where the shooter was when a man had been shot multiple times and was still alive to call the police ?!!! First responders should have been sent imediatlely !

Drake   February 10th, 2011 12:27 pm ET

Oh and nancy the reason the words coming out of the defense attorney's mouth is being rejected is because what is being said is irelevent.

Scheryl Gray   February 10th, 2011 1:09 pm ET

I would love to hear what Kopp says about Juliette. Also I would love to hear how the victims feel about Juliette today, I did hear yesterdays interview with Mr. Sutton but didn't hear any question posed concerning her (Juliette)
TY ,

dano   February 10th, 2011 1:27 pm ET

If Kopp's was not hired by Mr. Sutton what was his reason for the murder and attempted murder?

It seems really obvious to me that Mr. Sutton was behind the hit.

Dave   February 10th, 2011 1:37 pm ET

Been watching this trial all week & have been waiting for Garrett Kopp to get on the stand to see how the defendant reacts to his answers & how HE interacts with the defendant, whether or not he would look at him or not, because, most of the time, when someone's lying, they won't make eye contact with who ever is asking,or , who they're lying about & he looks right into the defendants eyes a lot of the time while he is answering the questions. I know the kid is guilty, that he admitted to doing it, that his credibility is DEFINITELY questionable, & I wasn't sure if Chris Sutton had anything to do with it, but, after seeing & hearing Kopp testify, I think he planned it for sure. He (Sutton)was a spoiled little rich kid that played on the fact that Kopp grew up with nothing, he (Kopp) OBVIOUSLY is not that smart since he went through 9th grade 3 times, & Sutton made him an offer that he couldn't refuse, $100,000. Why would he say no? This money would take him out of the only life that he had ever known. I feel sorry for the father but gotta give him props, he still works & isn't letting the blindness, or what happened to his wife, cripple him, either mentally or physically.

Dave   February 10th, 2011 1:40 pm ET

To John McTigue. The father OFFERED to pay for his son's defense in order to expedite the prceedings but the court refused it, on the grounds, as you said, that it was a conflict. Since he was the father AND a victim, they denied his request. As far as why they're allowing him in the courtroom before he testifies, I don't know the answer to that one but he is NOT paying for the defense.

Angelina   February 10th, 2011 1:43 pm ET

Is it just me or is the defense attorney ridiculous in the monotony and repetitive nature of his questions? I am so frustrated with the pointlessness of questioning.

Dave   February 10th, 2011 1:54 pm ET

NO KIDDIN ANGELINA!! I understand they'r etrying to establish timelines & events & so on but C'MON, after the 1st 30 times or so of asking, I'm pretty sure even this Kopp kid gets it. Then he rephrases the question & thinks we're gonna believe it's a totally different question. lol

Donna M.   February 10th, 2011 2:11 pm ET

I don't understand, what is the ACTUAL defense here? If none of the victim Susan Sutton's jewelery was taken from the crime scene, what was the motive for Garrett Kopp to kill the Suttons but that Christopher hired him. Her jewelery was right there in an open box for him to just grab but instead he flees from the front door. I haven't heard of anything else taken from the home either. I realize that Garrett Kopp is not someone that is above lies but there is no motive for him to do this crime, accept that he thought he was going to receive "upwards of $100,000". Christopher on the other hand, had hatred and money as a motive. I think that if you just sit back and think about the motive and the person behind this, it doesn't take rocket science to figure it out. I really hope the jurors get this one right.

pamela p.   February 10th, 2011 2:14 pm ET

I agree with nancy! It seems like the only word the prosecutor knows is I OBJECT!. Also whats up with the 911 operator,(he/she)should have sent the police ,then ask ALL the questions (he/she)needed to while the police were on the way!!!

Kathleen   February 10th, 2011 8:10 pm ET

I too am tired of the defense attorney asking the same questions over and over again. And grilling the witness about letters she wrote years ago – though not a very cooperative witness I was so aggravated with the defense. A question about the prosecution: there is evidently a screen in the court room – why in the world is the prosecution holding up multiple photos at one time instead of having them on a screen or placed on a backboard in the order she wants rather than flipping them around?

Gary Bock   February 11th, 2011 11:07 am ET

Chris obviously has a lifelong mental problem that needs serious treatment – he is a danger to the public.

Garrett Kopp, for his lack of respect for human life, needs a bunch of years in the big house, or the needle.

Dolores   February 11th, 2011 11:20 am ET

An answer to the "I Object" question: I object to all the prosecutor's objections, She's like a bouncing ball and very distracting. If I were on that jury I'd probably be as annoyed or more so than I am just watching the case. Is her case so weak that her only recourse is to object to every other question from the defense attorney? She's getting overruled a lot which says the judge is paying attention. All the interruptions don't help the jury to make a fair decision.

Anita Abdalla   February 11th, 2011 11:33 am ET

I personally do not believe Kopp would have been in this trouble if it had not been for Christopher offering him the $100,000. Christopher is in my opinion the guilty party. How else would Kopp have known about the door that was broken inorder for him to get into the house to commit the crime..

Adele   February 11th, 2011 11:37 am ET

I have an issue with the defense "theory" that Kopp did the killing on his own with no input from Chris. How would he benefit from the murders? He stole nothing from the home, he did the shootings and left.
Kopp is a reprehensible character but I do not believe that he acted on his own.

Kate Nichols   February 11th, 2011 12:00 pm ET

Has anyone heard whether or not John Sutton sits in court everyday supporting his son, Chris, or is he there for Justice for his wife's death and his horrific blinding.

Sandy R   February 11th, 2011 12:33 pm ET

This Kopp person should NOT have been offered a plea deal! He sits in court, trying to look so tough....admitted he shot the Suttons in cold blood....he should be put to death for this crime.
What is really scary is that one day Kopp will be released from prison...I probably won't live long enough to see that day....I pray for society when he is released! He shows NO remorse whatsoever!!

Megan   February 11th, 2011 12:36 pm ET

heres my issue, the defense keeps going on and on with Kopp about how he needed the money, so he decided to kill the Sutton's on his own but how in the world did he expect to receive any pay out whatsoever with out Chris being in on it? Kopp isn't related to the Suttons, there's no way he's in the will, so how would he get paid unless Chris was in on it?

Oscar Cervantes   February 11th, 2011 12:43 pm ET

its evident that Sutton hired Garret Kopp to kll his parents. There is plenty of witnesses backing up Garrett's story. All the witnesses are claiming Sutton dislliked and had hatred toward his parents. Sutton is GUILTY.

Sutton's attorney is redundant!!!!!!!!!

Brookins   February 11th, 2011 12:45 pm ET

I am also interested in Chris Sutton's biological history. At what age was he adopted? Was he abused before adoption? Is there any blood realtionship bertween Chris and his father. There is a close resemblance. I don't believe any of this history should effect the outcome but his behavior after adoption certainly seems to indicate severe abuse.

lisa   February 11th, 2011 12:50 pm ET

mr. kopp,s garrret dad in the interview. is wondering how could his son do something like this. you can say that garrett was coached into this murder plot . you can rasie your chlid to be the best child in the world . as. bs and so fourth. but as they get older and the choiches is theirs that they make for them selfs.

Michelle   February 11th, 2011 1:05 pm ET

What troubles me watching most of the time "The Sutton case" is that Christopher doesn't show any form of remorse for what has happened to his parents. His mother is dead and father is blind, and Chris just sits there with his face smiling like nothing, I am just so amazed at his emotions in court. He is unbelievable.

lisa   February 11th, 2011 1:24 pm ET

`garrett did not go through high school thats why he has alot of slang when he is answering questions . he choose to be more of the streets than the books. he seems to be scared i think that he was bulled into this crime and yes he did it for the money . he didnt have alot of money likechris yes couldnt said no but would he of got shot these day are different times today sorta like a once your in and theres no outs garrett wanted to fit in a place of belonging

fran   February 11th, 2011 2:17 pm ET

how old is Christopher Sutton? He looks alot older than the people he associated with.

lisa   February 11th, 2011 2:32 pm ET

this is sad all the way around christopher is a cwoard to pull somebody into his trobles and garrett is a fool for doing it . he was taught right and wrong and he should have made choice. and there are no winners only loosers in this matter

Nancy   February 11th, 2011 2:40 pm ET

Thank you Pamela p. At least your seeing what i`m seeing. The reason the defense has to keep repeating his questions is because he has to keep rephrasing because of all the objections!!! This woman is like a parrot repeating and repeating.

Rebekah   February 11th, 2011 3:10 pm ET

I believe the witness is speaking some truth.It is difficut to stay upright when the defence spends more time looking through his questions before asking . Even me I get bored watching the case I always feel sad to see mr.Sutton and his daughter in court I pray that justice prevails in this case.I will continue to pray for this family.

john boone   February 11th, 2011 3:12 pm ET

what it comes down to is the country boy has no real way to link the crime to the defendant than his ever so trustable word and the fact that he is a thief and admitted it in open court , n i really do belive the defendants guilty , but the evidence is weak , and some testifying to not get the chair isn t good enough to trust

john boone   February 11th, 2011 3:15 pm ET

n the defendant could say the x girlfriend was in it with sutton to set him up for murder cause she hates him and wants to get him back for bla bla , it wouldn t matter the only evidence is the killers testimony and you cannot convict on that he did it for a plea

john boone   February 11th, 2011 3:17 pm ET

and the wanna be robbery theory can be disputed that the dad didn t die n he was out of bullets and he cn shoot em but to use his hands was too weak to finish him off , so didn t get anything and ran , out the front door how stuiped can you get

Tina   February 11th, 2011 3:43 pm ET

The link between Garrett and Chris is drugs. Troubled guys brought together by addiction.

Garrett had a learning problem. He failed the 9th grade three times then dropped out of school. I'm sure this added to low self esteem and limited his ability to find meaningful employment. The drug use escalates and Garrett sinks deeper and deeper.

Chris had behavioral problems for years. His parents tried their best to help him, but with little success. Because the Suttons had money, they were able to move Chris out of their house and provide him with a nice place to live, a vehicle and a comfortable life. Too bad Chris did not appreciate his parents.

Chris turned to someone he could manipulate to kill his parents. They are both guilty. If Chris would have never met Garrett, he WOULD have found someone else to do the deed. If Garrett would have never met Chris, would his life be different today? If Garrett would not be into drugs, would his life be different today?

Michelle   February 11th, 2011 4:20 pm ET

I can't believe that the defense is actually harping on the whole idea that "christopher is more wealthy than Garrett and therefore must not have anything to do with this crime because he doesn't need any money, he's got a nice place to live, a "new" car etc... I have a new car and I'll be darned if I don't have problems every month making that payment!!! Also don't drug dealers have alot of money and yet continue to make more and more money every chance they can get and that includes selling more drugs!!! Christopher and Garrett were "pot heads" looking for that big reward to support BOTH their lifestyles and habit. Just because you have nice things, does not mean you have money in the bank!!!!! Tell me if I am wrong!!!

marissa   February 11th, 2011 4:29 pm ET

Chris Sutton hated his father because his father did everything for him...makes the son feel inept... Never let the kid prove what he could do... Also...very believeable about abuse suffered at Samoa boot camp...Pacific Islanders not typically well versed in psychology, but rather hard core punishment and shaming. They mean well, of course. But, probably not a lot of behaviorism or discussion but rather corporal punishment. There is a high incidence of domestic violence in these demographic. Having lived in Fiji Islands, this is first-hand knowledge...

Trish   February 11th, 2011 4:31 pm ET

Christopher Sutton was adopted within days of his birth.

When dealing with a troubled teen or young adult, the worst thing is to try to bribe them into better behavior with expensive items or cash. My observation is that this method fuels the kid's greed, and they always conclude the parent has immense resources & is "holding out" on the kid.

It's impossible to have a reasonable relationship with a persn with a vast sense of entitlement. [I had a relative who spent her entire life angry that her grandparents hadn't managed their pre-1929 wealth well enough for her to live in luxury. For real].

Cutting off such a person only infuriates them. Making them wait for "their" inheritance paints a target on your back. Giving items and cash over the years fuels their resentment.

Once the troubled child is of legal age, perhaps it's best to end the relationship, as one would divorce a spouse. Show the child the existing will, explain that you will give him/her the inheritance right now, on the condition of no further contact. It might not be fair, but it sure isn't fair to wind up dead.

marissa   February 11th, 2011 4:40 pm ET

These two fathers (of Kopp and Sutton) both would behefit hugely from Alanon....for Families of Drug abusers and alcholoics...the rescuing behavior of Sutton's father...big time codependency...and Kopp's father, denial denial denial...Kopp's dad doesn't want to see that his son is responsible for his own choices....wants to blame Chris Sutton for Garrett's behavior.... Neither Dad has much insight...Sad how simple lack of understanding can derail lives and families...Also both parents I'd be willing to bet came from or had substance abuse somewhere in their families....passing on certain denial thinkiing patterns on subconsciously....

dano   February 11th, 2011 9:15 pm ET

I can't imagine being a father of a total low life of a person like Garrett Kopp. That being said why would he kill Sutton's parents if he "Chris" wasn't going to pay him something? I don't think he even tried to steal anything from the house.

Berni   February 11th, 2011 9:32 pm ET

What is in Garret Kopp's mouth/ Is he chewing on something other than his lip? Looks like he has a wad of tobacco or a tongue ring in there ...

Dee   February 11th, 2011 9:47 pm ET

Did anyone notice the laughing in the courtroom when the defense
atty asked if Chris had better weed than Garett, and about needing
money for Wendys value meal?
The whole courtroom laughed, including Garrett and Chris.
How disrepectful towards the seriousness in this case. The Judge
laughs alot with the attys as well over different things.
Two burnouts from pot making jokes, along with the defense atty.
Susans life and death are no longer important, and that to me is
very very sad.

Giovanna   February 11th, 2011 9:50 pm ET

In Session:

It was heartbreaking to see Mr. Kopp so devastated about what has come about of his son. We often forget that at the end of the day even if it seems that "justice has been served" there are many lives that have been lost besides the ones taken by the hands of others.

I must say that I have confidence in Garret Kopp's testimony. He answers all his questions promptly & confidently. He's not thinking or preparing he's answers. Even when the Defense is putting pressure, he's not breaking. Yes, he has some inconsistencies but in secondary facts that don't deviate from the main fact that this was mutually coordinated by Cris & Garret.

On his testimony to the police he confessed that he performed the shootings but Cris was also involved. Although he missed some details here & there he's story was basically the same. He didn't cut a deal with the State until 3 years later. I don't think he implicated Cris to benefit himself because he really had no real idea of what this could do for him.

I don't like the defense. If I was in Cris's shoes I would be worried.
He'll be found Guilty, mark my words.

traci white   February 12th, 2011 12:47 am ET

I don't believe garrett kopp would have done this killing unless the defendant christopher sutton did promise him financial gain. There is no reason or motive he would have to do the killing. I cannot believe te defendant really thinks he even has a chance to walk away from this one.

nita   February 13th, 2011 12:46 am ET

There is something about Garrett Knopp that makes me believe he was a good child at one point in his life. There is a softness in his eyes and a manner about him that almost "presents" his demeanor as being a very respectful person to the court. He's certainly more respectful and self-controlled than the defendant's college educated girlfriend. (I thought the man in Essa's trial who almost disrobed was the most shocking witness I had ever seen on a court case, but this young woman almost had a total meltdown before my eyes).

My heart ached for Mr. Knopp as I listened to his interview. I was almost brought to tears because I believe he and his wife had tried to give their son advantages, also. At this juncture, I am thinking Garrett got mixed up with the wrong person....a person who was older and a person who was manipulative.

People(psychologist, social workers, teachers, etc.,) argue about whether one's environment or is it heredity that determine a persons behavior. More than likely it is a bit of both. The Sutton's adopted a child whose background was not shared with them as adoptive parents. There is an old saying, that "fruit does not fall far from the tree". It is quite possible Chris diplays inherited qualities of his birth parents and not the qualities the Sutton's tried to instill in him.

sharyn day   February 13th, 2011 1:59 am ET

i hope sutton gets the chair & perhaps they could house him with the menendez brothers they all have a lot in common....he is so maladjusted 2 bad they didnt put him away as a juvenile then his mother may still be alive....parents need 2 be more vigilant when it comes 2 sociopathic tendency's...aka scott peterson....i heard petersons parents still believe he did not kill lacey....

Lillian Padilla   February 14th, 2011 3:54 am ET

I don't think Garrett is saying the truth as far as chris saying he is going to do something to his family,I think he did it for the money.and 30 yrs in jail is a joke,deal or no deal they could have offered him at least 50 yrs,look ay mr Sutton this poor man lost his wife and his sight ,not to mention having to find out his son planned the whole thing,another thing that makes no sence i never heard of someone killing for money and not getting nothing up front what made him thing that chris was gonna keep his word and pay him for killing susan and shotting mr Sutton,i think he did it cause he is just a cold hearted killer and for him to say he is scared of chris that's a joke cause chris wasn't man enough to kill them his self what made garrett think chris is man enough to kill garretts family not to mention if garrett really loved his family he wouldn't do something that stupit knowing he could have gotton life in prison with out his kids if he got caught .all i can say is i hope they both get what they deserve if not in year i hope they get it while there in jail cause god don't like ugly

Ron Smith   February 14th, 2011 10:05 am ET

In regards to the question of the day, could you forgive christopher sutton ? The answer for me is absolutely not.! I recall from your coverage that there was a letter found by the deceased that indicated an EARLIER plan to especially kill her. The other thing is I realize he was adopted but once you take a child as your own LOVE is LOVE. I am an adoptive parent as well and I know no difference between the biological children and the 2 we have adopted. So sorry for John and his loss. But have zero empathy for christopher, and put little value on Kott's testimont. I feel the prior plan as well as the succesful deed speak for themselves.

jackie   February 14th, 2011 10:56 am ET

This morning J Wyndal Gordon's comments on Koop were absoulutely correct. The prosecution needs some other evidence other than a convicted killer who would sell his Grandmother out to save his life.

Diane   February 14th, 2011 11:29 am ET

What State is this trial being held? Can the State spare any money?? It seems to me they are trying this case as cheaply as they can, small 4 x 6 pictures? pointing and saying :"well i went down this hall and turned right". Can they have not had someone make floor plans to this house? Looks like they've spared no expense. NOT!!! I've never seen such a cheaply done job!!

Diane (Long Island)   February 14th, 2011 11:59 am ET

Re: Question of the Day

Forgive him? Puleeze! I'd have to paraphrase Dr. William Pettit on this one. "It would be inappropriate to forgive evil." I do believe Christopher is the embodiment of evil. Not only is it apparent in his deeds, it's apparent in his eyes.

Patrica Keys   February 14th, 2011 12:18 pm ET

I am so into IN SESSION I watch everyday, to answer the question of the day: Yes, I would forgive him only for my own personal healing. In saying this I would not and I repeat WOULD NOT be in his/her life like I was before this crime. I believe that Chris set this whole thing up and is now trying make the jury feel that he is innocent.

Sonny Worthley   February 14th, 2011 12:24 pm ET

Fortunately for the prosecution, I am not on the Christopher Sutton jury. Based upon the cops’ vile, appalling and sadistic interrogation of his ex-fiancé, I would have seen to it that there would have been an innocent verdict or a hung jury! There are things in this world that are more important than convicting someone of murder. One of them is the right not to be bullied, tortured and terrified by the minions of the State. They terrified that poor girl, and she was still terrified when she left the stand. The case will never be over for her. She knows what they can do, and she must suffer and worry at the thought that the prosecutors can and might attempt to implicate her in murder at any time for the rest of her life, and that thought may well nag at her psyche for the rest of her life. And I am not too pleased with Sutton’s defense attorney; he went after her too hard and distracted the jury’s anger at the police for their scummy, inhumane and totalitarian methods.

David A. Morton   February 14th, 2011 12:42 pm ET

I hope he wasn't stupid enough to try to murder his parents,which the mother was taken horribly,if he was,our Lord "JESUS", will eventually take care of him,if not in court,another direction after this life!

Bekka Sparks   February 14th, 2011 1:07 pm ET

The problem as I see it, is giving children too much material things.
They don't have to work their way through life as the majority of the older generations have had to do. They show no respect or appreciation. Chris Sutton is a prime example. As for John forgiving him, Yes, he must find it in his heart to do so. As a Christian, how could I expect God to forgive me if I am not able to forgive. That goes for everyone, not just Christians. True, it would be a hard thing to do but it is just one thing that God expects of us. I do believe that there is pure evil running amuck amongst all of us. The murder of Chris's mother and attempted murder of his father is proof of that. My prayers are with John and I do believe that Chris will get his just reward.

mary   February 14th, 2011 1:13 pm ET

But for Christopher Sutton the Shooter Kopp had Nothing to gain but Money from the Killing of the Suttons.What I dont Understand is Why The Suttons were So Lax about the Security at their Home?At the time of the Shooting they had a Latch on a Patio Door that did Not Lock,They also had an Alarm System that did Not Work.Why did The Suttons Not get those Things Fixed so that They Could have Secured their Home?Also If John got Shot first Why is it that Susan Did Not Attempt to Escape out of her bedroom window and get Help?And Why is it the Ex Girlfriend of Christopher's did Not Warn John that Christopher was Making threats to Kill them?She worked at John's Law Office at the time.I have a Large Dowel in my Patio Door and Secure my gate with Steel Cables and Master Locks.Of Course If somebody wants in They could still get in But They will have to do the work to get in,My Dog will Bark and The Intruder will meet me and my gun.

Courtney Burrell   February 14th, 2011 1:28 pm ET

So I am a little confused on the bullets that Domingez (sorry for spelling) had in evedince. He told prosecution that the person who did the otopsy pulled them out of Mrs. Sutton. When they showed a picture of the bullet the casing was on it, and the bullet was still in tacked to the casing as well. If shot those would be in seperate places. I dont know I just feel confused

Lori Shivers   February 14th, 2011 1:34 pm ET

I think the defence attn. should take this time to point out if John Sutton was so concerned about the safety and welfare of himself and his wife, why did he not repair the lock on the back sliding door? He had the finaces to repair or replace the lock. Is that not rule number one when you want to protect yourself? Lock your doors and windows? He claims he sent his son halfway around the world for help because he was afraid his son would hurt his wife yet he didn't repair a lock, beaf up his home security or do what most police depts suggest...get a dog.

The defence should infuse the thought that maybe John Sutton was involved. He wanted his wife out of the way. Otherwise if he was as afraid as he claimed, he would have taken quick action to repair the lock and go all out for the best security. Tossing an insane idea at sane people worked for OJ.

grace   February 14th, 2011 1:44 pm ET

He has so much evil and hatered in his eyes, I don't think he would think twice about killing anyone. He wanted the money to spend when and how he wanted .

Donna   February 14th, 2011 1:55 pm ET

I had a question ...does his father believe he shot him and killed his wife? Is he helping his son in his with this trail at all? I must have missed that if they said anything about it.

Evelyn   February 14th, 2011 2:10 pm ET

Why did Susan and John Sutton sleep in different bedrooms?

Barbara Bentley   February 14th, 2011 2:26 pm ET

I think the girlfriend's attitude is simply tied to the fact she did not want to be there. Had she not been subpoened, she would not have testified.
If not being payed to kill Chris' parents, then why? Kopp has no other compelling motive but he promise of money. Chris however may have had all he needed (apartment, vehicle, etc.), but not all he wanted. The money was "doled" out to him, not just his to spend as he pleased with the exception of what he actually earned himself, which in no way compares to what his father had. I think he invisioned himself with his father's money and a carefree life for himself and his girlfriend.

stephanie rose   February 14th, 2011 2:57 pm ET

I am so sorry for what happened to Mr. Sutton and his loss of his life partner. In regards to forgiving his son, I believe that as a parent you always love your child, but you don't have to like them and can even despise what they do. He had so much because they loved him enough to choose him and adopt him. I would definitely be certain that he never receives a penny of the money that he committed this horrible act for, he would have to go live and support his own life. And it would take a great deal of time and prayer before I could consider forgiveness, but still that is seperate from a parents love as I said.

Trish   February 14th, 2011 5:11 pm ET

Is there evidence that Mr Sutton was aware that the sliding door's lock was broken? According to testimony, Christopher was aware. DId he tell anyone – or was it useful to him to keep this fact secret?

In Mr Sutton's shoes, I wouldn't forgive either – first, because Christopher hasn't appologized, or even admitted to the crime, and hasn't asked for forgiveness, and second, the decision is up to the victim.

Mr Sutton, despite the tragedy he's endured, is optimistic & forward-thinking. He stands as a great example to counter the popular belief that, regardless of the offender's admission/appology/request, [or lack of], a victim either forgives or is bitter & unable to "move on". Mr Sutton has given intense interest & efforts toward the scientific work to help people overcome optic nerve disruption & see again, whether this will help him personally or not. He has new love in his life, continues to work at a high level & displays a sense of humor.

Maria Dee   February 15th, 2011 12:06 pm ET

Has anyone found and/or explored Chris' biological parents? It seems that no matter what the adoptive parents could provide for this guy he had his own evil mission in life.

Anita Abdalla   February 15th, 2011 12:27 pm ET

The more I watch this trial, the more I am convinced Christopher is as guilty as sin, here you have this individual who does nothing with his life, no job, parents paying for everything he gets and still he is wanting his parents killed, talking about robbing the hands that feed you and he wants to say he has done nothing wrong...just having a hand in having his mother (adopted mine you) killed and his father now totally blind if you can call that nothing. Hopefully when the jury comes back with a verdict and he gets convicted, maybe then he will realize what he had – in other words you don't miss your water until the well runs dry.

Sandy R, Ohio   February 15th, 2011 12:47 pm ET

I like the coroner on the stand. She's very gentle and thorough. She's telling her story of the autoposy, with a very gentle voice.
My husband is a retired Homocide detective and he agrees with me....

On another note....the girlfriend was gross....she scratched her head, then chewed on her fingernails....I don't believe her testimony....she was saving herself....I can also understand why the police were on the stern side with her, She shoud have told someone what Chris had been saying....but she likes "the good life" too well....she should be on trial too!!!

On the forgiveness issue....Mr Sutton, in my opinion has to can he expect God to forgive him of his sins if he doesn't forgive Chris.
It's not our call on's Gods!

Sandy R, Ohio   February 15th, 2011 12:51 pm ET

Why didn't Mrs Sutton wake when her husband was shot? According to testimony, Mr Sutton was shot first. I have't heard any testimony about that...

Velda J.McConnell   February 15th, 2011 12:52 pm ET

On the question of what I would do if I,conclusively, felt that one of my children meant to do me harm, I would contact the authorities,file a complaint,and get a restraining order. I would also begin the process of severing financial & emotional ties w/them. I would also change the locks to the family home and make sure that my place of work and living was secure and that everyone close to me at home and work knew of the process at hand.

Willena   February 15th, 2011 1:03 pm ET

Does the Sutton family know the history of the biological parents of Christopher?

Intensely watching   February 15th, 2011 1:03 pm ET

In a murder for hire, there is not supposed to be any forensic evidence to connect the person (Christopher) to the murder. So I'm not really buying that argrument. Just the fact, that Chris knows Kopp, and he inquired to I think a plumber he knew about finding a hit man is enough for me as the 13th juror to convict him of murder I would not like this guy get away with this!

Jenna   February 15th, 2011 1:17 pm ET

Did they ever recover the Mac 11 that was supposedly given away in return for the two pistols?

Denise   February 15th, 2011 1:23 pm ET

Can you tell me, did John ever mention Susan Sutton? On John's 911 call he never says anything about his wife. He would of had to hear the gunshots that killed her since he was shot first. He never went to check on his wife. He never called out for his wife while holding on the phone with 911. When the police arrived he never mentioned, "my wife is still in the house". Swat had came in and poor Susan is still shot in the bed. Have I missed this whole conversation relating to Susan? Was maybe that part of the conversation about Susan to 911 cut out of the recording?
Also, could she have been saved if someone could of got to her and treated her sooner?
Just curious.

InSessionAddict   February 15th, 2011 1:44 pm ET

Here is my breakdown of the whole thing:
Susan Sutton-RIP and may justice prevail for you. You seemed to want the best for your son and it just didn't turn out the way it should have.
John Sutton-Brave, admirable, loving, undeserving of this whole mess
Chris Sutton-narcissistic, greedy, punk, sense of entitlement, evil
Garrett Kopp-not as dumb as he seems-just because he failed 9th grade 3 times doesn't mean he can't tell between right and wrong. He's a thug wanna-be probably rolling around town listening to music suggestive of violence, guns, and lack of regard for life. Rolling through drive-thrus, not really working, smoking a lot of pot, and waiting for the next handout. Another ingrate. What a waste. This guy is very good looking and could have probably done very well for himself if he had chosen that path.
Garrett's Dad-feel sorry for him to a point, but not once did he seem to want his son to accept blame. If you notice, it was all about Chris "grooming" him. Again, last I could see, Garrett is not severly cognitively impaired. He knows right from wrong and decided to do this for money and lifestyle choices. Keep making excuses for your kid at every turn and this is what you get.
Melissa-so sad to watch her grieve and dab at tears. I hope for justice for her as well and to find a way to heal from this mess.

ken philipp   February 15th, 2011 1:52 pm ET

ok i ve been watching this case and if i were on the jury right now i whould say not have a guilty plea already and that guy has act to ground.against chris.who takes a hit on someone and waites for the for there money.there was no money echanhed that they proved yet.

Julie Zapf   February 15th, 2011 1:58 pm ET

Kopp confessed to shooting and killing Susan. Why is is so important that the prosecution is asking so much detail from the medical examiner as to how each bullet entered, pathway, damage, etc. it did?

cody   February 15th, 2011 2:05 pm ET

I feel for the parents they did'nt deserve that know one dose, and the son is a looser drug dealer. Thats what happens to a lot of these kids with money and when they are spoiled. Even though a lot of these kids are unmanaganle and just a mess to send them away its just makes it worst. These kids need people to really get involved instead of just sending them to therapy or sending them away. They need peers, grandparents, aunts and uncles to get involved

Nancy   February 15th, 2011 2:38 pm ET

I agree with what was said on insession, that if you make a deal to kill for money, you don`t kill without some of that money in your hand first. I believe that Garrett heard Chris make the statement that he`d like to kill his parents for sendind him away and Garrett took it upon himself to do it. Also, the prosecutor asked Garrett all leading questions so she could object to all the defenses questions. The defenses hands were tied because of that.The defense should have objected to all those leading questions.

Caroline   February 15th, 2011 2:38 pm ET

Like many others, I'm convinced that Christopher hired Garrett to murder his parents. One of the things that bugs me is that while the medical examiner demonstrated the extent of the wounds that killed his mother,
Christopher looked down. He never looked at her demo. If I were the judge, I would require him to review the medical examiner's testimony in all it's gory detail if he is found guilty. He wanted her dead. He knew that
Garrett was going to shoot her. So, he needs to face exactly what he did.
He's a sniveling, complaining, cowardly, little punk.

Candy   February 15th, 2011 3:01 pm ET

How is it that Garrett new to go in the broken sliding door and then know where to find them in seperate rooms in the home?And I do think if they found out about the Biological parents, they may have A little insight to who Christopher is.

LeAnn Subjeck   February 15th, 2011 3:14 pm ET

I believe Christopher Sutton is guilty,Although I do not believe Garret Kopp's full testimony I do believe him when he said Christopher and him planned it,obviously nothing was stolen from the Sutton's house.I hope the prosecutor revokes his 30 year sentence since he did not get on the stand and tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help u god.I found him to be not that credible I'm sure he juror's will throw out most of what Garett said. hope Christopher Sutton does not get away with this cause I feel he would try to hire someone again to finish the job,I don't think the girlfriend was completly innocent especially with the picture of them the one where Julie Driscol was sitting on his lap all happy after Susan Sutton was killed and his father was in critical condition.This is a sad case I feel sorry for the Sutton family with the exception of Christopher.My heart goes out for Mr.Sutton who not only lost his wife and his sight and forever lost a son that he hadn't had for a long time.What the hell is wrong with that 911 operator John Sutton tells himhe has been shoit he says with what?Duh!!! A gun u moron do they not need special training to be a 911 operator it seems anyone can do this job,then says where did he shoot u,where is the shooter,He says I don't know,He doesn't reasure him that hey we will get u help right away,The person who took this 911 call should be fired.John Sutton is lucky to be alive especially because of the amount of time he had to wait for the ambulance to be given the ok why didn't an officer walk him to the ambulance instaed they let him hold his eye sit him down and bleed on the porch and then they make him walk to the ambulance how terrible is that.Poor guy wa in a tremendous amount of pain and they wanna have tea and crossants.God bless John Sutton and his family,except Christopher Sutton may he burn in hell with Garret Kopp...

nita   February 15th, 2011 3:23 pm ET

Mr. Sutton...God bless him. He probably realizes he should forgive Chris, but I do not think he has of yet. Perhaps one day he will be able to completely release any hard feelings he has for this son. Personally, I think the father harbors some hard feelings. After all he and his family has gone through some terrible and difficult times with this son. He (Chris) felt entitled, was disrespectful, abusive to his mom, and unappreciative for all the advantages he and Susan had given this child. When he was adopted, I am sure the proud parents felt they had more than most adoptive parents to offer a child. This child was suppose to thrive, achieve, and do well in life....and look at what happened. Chris was a grown-up and they were were still providing the good life for him and the girlfriend.

I have read, been taught, and do believe one should forgive other's of their offenses against me; however, in this case I would find myself unable to do so. Some people are in your life for a season. His season would be over for me and I would have to let him go. Immediately, I would severe him emotionally, materially, and financially from my life.

Suze   February 15th, 2011 4:11 pm ET

I am so tired of hearing about people thinking that the world "owes" them. Sutton wanted his family's money and was either too stupid or too lazy to work for a living. His father worked for the money that Christopher felt "entitled" to and I'm confused about that thought process. Let's see, Daddy and Mommy paid for my housing and necessities, and yet, he feels "entitled". Throw his lazy butt in jail until he rots... see how real life is.. In jail, nobody cares what you think or feel. All you'll be entitled to is that you may wind up someone's "girlfriend". And you thought Samoa was rough.....Hang on to your custom-made boxers, sweetie, it's going to be a bumpy ride!!!

doug keehner   February 15th, 2011 4:36 pm ET

i can't quite make out where mr. sutton is sitting. is he on the prosecution or defence side?

Patricia   February 15th, 2011 5:46 pm ET

I want to know if when Chris and Garrett met with someone ( I think his name was Ritchie) to trade Chris' gun for the murder weapon, has that guy been interrogated?
Wouldn't that show a link between Chris and the murder weapon?

John Sutton   February 15th, 2011 8:26 pm ET

I did not offer to pay the defense attorney or pay for the defense of Christopher. When the court system had inadequate funds for court reporting services, I offered to contribute toward court reporting services to both the state and the defense. In a separate case I sued the state to get the court reporters paid. Under the Florida Evidence Code, the victim(s) – John and Melissa – are permitted to sit in during the entire trial. Defense counsel objected. I was excluded from attending opening statements. Otherwise, I attended the entire trial. I was not in the courtroom to support the defense. I was there to hear the evidence and make my own judgment as to guilt. There were several murder threats–the first in November, 1995, with physical violence and periodic abuse of Susan by Christopher when I was not home. We made a decision to send him to Samoa after he was thrown out of three private schools, a military school and three public schools. He saw multiple counselors and therapists all of whom recommended the program in Samoa. We did not give Christopher everything he wanted. He stole money from us, damaged our property and property belonging to others, broke into houses, etc. The front left wheel of my car had four of the five lug nuts "fall off" nearly six months after the incident as my daughter and I were driving to a doctor appointment. Crime scene evidence indicates that the last two bullets were fired into my head at close range – three feet. In August, 2004, prior to the shooting, Susan showed me Christopher's college transcript which she believed to be a fake. After the shooting police told me Christopher never attended school during that time.

leegan   February 16th, 2011 11:16 am ET

I feel no real evidence has been found against Chris Sutton... However the girlfriend is a true example of GUILTY! How can she sit up there and laugh out loud at times when there have been so much hurt and sadness through all this bad? Also I believe she should have been arrested as well as a link to knowing things and not reporting it. Mrs. Sutton might be alive right now if the girlfriend had come forward with the information she did know. My heart goes out to the Sutton family,

InSession Addict   February 16th, 2011 12:23 pm ET

This is an instance where well-meaning and loving people adopted a child with all the hopes and dreams and sacrifices every parent wishes for and goes through. In listenting to John Sutton's account of their personal circumstances, he his trying to help us see how bad things really and truly were. From what I can see, there has been more than one attempt to take the lives of the Sutton family, and I believe Chris is at the heart of it all. Chris felt entitled and probably thought that with the parents dead and sister living away, he would inherit half of the estate and live happily ever after. I'm sure that the family had numerous discussions regarding personal responsibility, importance of education and gettting a job, etc. Chris never wanted any of this. He wanted the good life without working for it. Well, at this point he is lucky to have his life, let alone a good life. Once he lands in prison, the remaining Sutton family members can rest easier and peacefully get on with their lives. I don't believe there is rehabilitation for Chris, and I really cannot fathom the idea of Garrett-the-thug being back in society in probably less than 30 years. What kind of justice is that? As for She knows more than she is letting on. How disrespectful to show up in a courtroom under these circumstances with a Hello Kitty purse and necklace, bizarre eyeliner wings, and laughing about the cheesecake of the month. I think this gal could benefit from some sort of mental health care. Poor John and Melissa Sutton. They deserve more respect.

Nettie   February 16th, 2011 12:58 pm ET

In Session is the best!!

This guy is guilty as sin, there is a special place in hell for killing your parents. John Sutton, bless his heart bet the odds. GOD Bless you Mr. John Sutton, fight the good fight baby!!!!! :)

Laura   February 16th, 2011 3:21 pm ET

Mr. Sutton: I am so sorry for your loss and for your injuries. I feel your son was just a bad seed. I'm sure you and your wife did everything (and more) for both your children, but Chris seems to have been a problem for a long time. I'm sure no parent wants to believe their child could do something so heinous, but I believe he is guilty and should get life without the possibility of parole or the death penalty. My heart hurts for what you are going through.

Caroline   February 16th, 2011 7:19 pm ET

I really appreciate Mr. Sutton clearing up some of the misconceptions that have been floated. I do believe that one of the hosts of In Session said that Mr. Sutton had paid for Christopher's defense. Mr. Sutton has now stated that he never did so. He also gave us more background on Christopher's criminal behavior. Mr. Sutton, I believe you did absolutely everything and more than anyone could expect a parent to do to help their child.It appears that Christopher was intent on killing his parents from a much earlier time than when he succeeded. It appears that he may have been a fetal alcohol or drug addicted newborn baby. Those children carry many, many problems into their lives including behavioral problems, difficulty with bonding to others, difficulties with empathy, etc. I doubt that Mr. & Mrs.. Sutton would have known of any drug/alcohol abuse by his biological mother.
Those records were probably sealed.

Marianne Perilli   February 17th, 2011 4:08 am ET

Theres no doubt in my mind that Christopher Sutton took advantage of this guy who killed his Mother and left his Dad blind..To bad Chris,ur poor father survived this horrific ordeal...u should be ashamed of yourself,all that your parents did to give you the best in life n it wasnt enough...oh,poor baby,had to go to boot camp..grow up...and my heart goes out to your poor sister who no longer has her Mother n her Dad no longer has his vision..I pray for them..You made me so sick watching you grining in court....and I do believe his girlfriend knew alot more then she was telling..I hope justice is served,,,If you go free, are you gonna convince someone else to finish your father off?Or are you gonna push down the stairs and use the excuse hes blind and missed a step...You wont be satisfied unless you collect the money your parents worked so hard to provide the best in life for you and your sister....Step up to the plate and take the responsibility of this murder..a real control freak..your poor father shouldnt have to suffer like this..Garrett would not have done this on his own..he doesnt have enough sense...our system is so backwards, its pathetic....I wake up with in session every morning and feel like your all my friends!I commend all of you who cover these trials n of course I watch HLN !!!Our society needs to be aware of the reality of what life is really like out there,,and you all bring it on!Thank you so much for sharing...dont forget to hug your kids!!ha ha ha ..Thatta boy Vinnie!!!! The Essa case was excellent..the jury got that right ,for sure..God bless all of you....

Walter Johnson   February 17th, 2011 10:53 am ET

If I were the defense, I would object to Mr. Suutton's testimony about the details of the attack and his injuries. They are not relevant to the question of the defendant's involvement, and may be merely inflammatory. Ths is even more of an issue since he was allowed to be present at the trial before taking the stand.

MARIE   February 17th, 2011 11:14 am ET

QUESTION OF THE DAY: The only advice I'd give Mr. Sutton is to bottle and sell to the rest of us that miracle elixir of courage, fortitude and strength he uses to live his life

patricia lee   February 17th, 2011 11:18 am ET

John Session doesn't need any advice.instead: I think He should be giving advice to others who suffer from the same type of crime. John seems to be a positive thinker inspite of his loss and his disabitily's.. Keep on keeping on John.

Josie   February 17th, 2011 11:25 am ET

I feel really bad for John Sutton and what he has been though.May God bless him and the rest of his family. As for his son Chris Sutton I think as a mother myself that his son got greedy and wanted everything for himself and that the help his parents were giving him never seemed to be enough for him. His intentions were based on himself and that is plan to see in the trial.

Charlene young   February 17th, 2011 11:41 am ET

Christopher Sutton is amazing person, There is some reason why
his life was spared. Maybe So he can be a someone that can help many with his story . I love Mr Suttons attutute . The best way to get back at his son is to live your life to the fullest. Your not going to beat me down attude. I think Mr Sutton has learned to do the bucket list.
I heard him speak and thats what I got out of it. We spoil our children and never say No.... We need to say NO more often and not make money our relationship with our children. Do children really need a 250.00 week allowance. NO! . You should not be paid for doing nothing. Oh well. I think instead of giving our children everything we should show them that they need to work for it. You have to teach children indapendent. not pended on them. I think Chris did do this.
I think the father could of given up on him along time ago.But he did not .He still made sure he had a roof over his head. Sent him to a boot camp.Trying everything thy could. Well God love you Mr Sutton. I would of done anything to have a father like you. Theres so much you had to offer a child. I cant imaging having a loving mother and father
trying to make your childrens life easyer. I did not have a family so
I would of love my father caring for me. Making sure everything was payed for in my life, Well Mr Sutton I have a feeling your going to make the most out of life. Im in your aww...May you have a blessed life....

Karen   February 17th, 2011 12:06 pm ET

I have a 19 year old son. I adopted him when he was 2 weeks old. He seen some of the trial yesterday and he said, " that dad wouldn't be so cold about his son if he was his 'natural child".

Violet from Florida   February 17th, 2011 12:21 pm ET

This is such a horrible thing to happen to two such wonderful people. They were both professionals and a great asset to their community. Then for this to happen to them. I have heard it asked for suggestions how Mr. Sutton should try and cope with this tragedy. No earthly human being is going to be able to help Mr. Sutton. I suggest he involve himself in church. Only with fervent prayer and committment to God will he begin to find peace and comfort. Violet from Florida

Teresa   February 17th, 2011 12:23 pm ET

Who is paying for Christopher Sutton's defense, and why was he not also charged with conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation of murder? I see a post that states his father is paying for the defense, but have heard to the contrary on the show today.

B.   February 17th, 2011 12:54 pm ET

My first day watching and I wonder about children who never bond. I have friends who have adopted and the experience has been wonderful and great children. I also have friends who have adopted and it has been a nightmare!

Makes you wonder? How do children grow up in successful families and only think about themselves? How does a person go through life and have no feeling for others? Bible study last night 1Timothy The LOVE of money is the root of all evil! Money is not evil but the LOVE of it is. Loving money and things is so odd –when you leave this world they do not go with you!

OH! what a waste of time and a life to worship things to the point of murder and the people who love you.

joanie thompson   February 17th, 2011 12:55 pm ET

Adopting children is like a box of chocolates – you don't know what you are going to get. The problems are in the genes.

jacquelie   February 17th, 2011 12:56 pm ET

My heart goes out to Mr. Sutton and Miissa. You have been blessed with each other to love and care for. Mr. Sutton is a wonderful and amazing human being and owes Chris NOTHING except the rest of his life suffering behind bars. How dare he shed a little tear only for himself. Boo Hoo Chris. My wish is for all Silver Spoon Kids to learn by this trial that they are NOT entitled! Being born into or adopted by loving parents should be enough to make lifes pleasures yours to experience, but your responsibility to show your appreciation for their love and guidance is to do the right things with the life you've been given.

Candice   February 17th, 2011 1:21 pm ET

Just wondering--
Was Christopher's adoption open, does he know his birth mother, and are there any behavior issues with the birth mother?
Did Chirstopher have similar plans for his sister? Was his sister living in the Sutton home?

Debbie Woodard   February 17th, 2011 1:21 pm ET

I would like to know what type of relationship Chris Sutton had with his sister Melissa prior to and now after the shooting.

Evalyn   February 17th, 2011 2:14 pm ET

I'm watch'n the father now testify'n.. My lord what more could parent's do w/a Kid like that but send him to boot camp !.
They must have been really afraid of the son to have sent the poor little darling what a gazillion miles away from home???.
I wold have put a "some'kinda restrain'n order on that kid. "
Better yet moved whilt's he was away. Good lord. Today kid's are out of control because parents are afraid to correct their bratt's . You start that rules regulations from day one from the delivery room straight home.
Don't wait until the child is out in public to correct him or her it's to late then. Thank you IN Session we love watch'n all of u guy's. the trial's. Just wish'n it you were on longer... Could they do re-run's on some high profile case'es on the week end's ? food for thought !. Run suggestion in the right direction. Thank you.

rose   February 17th, 2011 2:39 pm ET

re R. Sutton trial.... his age, early 30's... children born during that period of crack addicted mothers were presumed to have neurological problems as a children and later as adults, have any of your experts knowledge of this with this particular defendant?


Marianne Perilli   February 17th, 2011 3:07 pm ET

John Sutton ,youre a great man and you will move on in life...You have a loving daughter n Im sure alot of people that will support you n whatever choices u make in your life....As for Chris, only u can make the decision of having a relationship with him..Follow your heart,hes an adult n knows right from wrong...the jury will decide...u did all u can for your son..We live in a tough world,n money is always going to be the rootof all evil..May ur wife rest in peace,n justice be served....I wish u the best in life for u n ur daughter.....God Bless....As they say,sometimes ur best isnt good enough...Only God knows,n the truth will prevail......

Charlene young   February 17th, 2011 4:22 pm ET

I have been watching this trail , I am so trying to keep a open mind ,
thats what were told to do. Now it's comming down to the end. Chris if I were a jury member It would be QUILY. Chris you just found the right person ( Garrett) to be a dumb weak person to carry out your wishes.
Why Christopher would you hang out with someone with this background. I believe you were 13 teen when all this started. Is this not when hormones kick iin. I heared some mental illness kick in at this age? But No excuse You knew right from wrong. You know what put a chill up my spine is when Mr Sutton said that cristopher came back to live with him after and he heared Christophor whisper to Garrett, Be quite don't let my Dad know your here. Oh My Gosh he is the same man that shot him point blank right in his house. So that right there tells me That Christoher was trying to finnish Dad off. I think he thought he could try to work on him first to get his money but I would hate to think what of happened if they would not of found out Mr Garrett shot him. What perpose would Garrett have to harm Mr Sutton?
He did not know him. Im not buying that Chris complained so much he
killed him because out of Garretts own words we did not talk about
the relaship between him and his dad. Im not bying that all the way either. Just because it looks like Christophor had it all. You can still kill for more. Its the greed.Theres lots of case's The mamentze brothers Killed there parents for money.. It must be weird for mr Sutton being a attory to now be on the other side of the desk,
I believe that will make him a better Lawyer. He can now feel what they have gone though. They were asking what advise to give Mr Sutton Well None . He is amazing. We can all take a leson from him. I pray when this is all done. He takes time to grieve for his wife.I know you have grieved but have you really given permission to your self to grieve. Love you Mr Sutton Have a blessed Life...

Patricia   February 17th, 2011 4:29 pm ET

I posted on the 15th, just before John Sutton. Does anyone agree that when Chris and Garrett traded Chris' gun for the murder weapon, that person (Ritchie?) should be interrogated? That would show the link between Chris and the murder weapon.
I haven't heard that it happened, has anyone?

margie   February 17th, 2011 4:48 pm ET

I believe that the prosecution in this case has been quitye inappropriate with the levity. It is one thing for Mr. Sutton to be light-hearted in a few brief moments, but belibve that the prosecution should leave their comedic hat at home! In very poor taste.

vi mcdaniel   February 17th, 2011 10:24 pm ET

The Suttons should have never told chris he was adopted. All kinds of thoughts go threw the minds of teenagers when they know they are adopted. Why did my real parents give me up? The parents that raised me don't love me. etc etc.

Joanne Maehr Engelhardt   February 17th, 2011 11:09 pm ET

My comment, although trivial compared to the horrendous act of violence by Kopp, is for the prosecutor who interrogated Mitchell Kopp yesterday, Wednesday, on TRUTV. When the prosecuting attorney made an error in recounting the timeline of events during the proceeding, she used the unforgivably preposterous term, "My Bad."
When has the legal circles accepted this 'slang' in the courtroom, or in any other arena of professional countenance? It is both unprofessional jargon, to say the least, and grammatically incorrect.
I am the proud mom of a son who had been sworn in to 3 states last year. Throughout his education, from what I read and listened to, the legal circles were not using this form of language in any atmosphere. Slang is just unacceptable in any professional circumstance, especially from people of position and standing. Please Ms. Prosecutor, express yourself with formal language, one that reflects the commitment to your profession.

Kira   February 18th, 2011 9:59 am ET

If Kopp was just in the Sutton home to burglarize, then why would he not just shoot Mr. Sutton and then leave? Why would he go to another bedroom to shoot Mrs. Sutton? He supposedly did not know anyone was home. I have a hard time believing the story that Kopp supposedly told his cell mate. It does not make sense. Another thing is why would Kopp think the Sutton's had cocaine???

Belforte   February 18th, 2011 11:12 am ET

Teresa February 17th, 2011 12:23 pm ET

Who is paying for Christopher Sutton's defense, and why was he not also charged with conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation of murder? I see a post that states his father is paying for the defense, but have heard to the contrary on the show today.


John Sutton himself posted a comment above February 15th, 2011 8:26 pm ET that will answer your question. He did not pay for Chris Suttons's defense.

Sharon   February 18th, 2011 11:36 am ET

I LOVE In Session. The Sutton trial is a very frustrating trial to watch. The prosecuter is very distracting and disruptive. I don't think her objections are helping. If I were on the jury, It would be hard to follow testimony because of these constant objections.

Suzanne   February 18th, 2011 12:09 pm ET

Adoptive parents are best served, as are their adopted children, to be open and honest about the adoption. Inevitably these things come out. Of course, adoption, brings up questions. However, most adoptive children do not behave as Chris has behaved and most adoptive children do not end up in court accused of a crime like this one. It seems to me that Chris' hyperactivity as a young child, led to defiant behavior then conduct disorder level behavior. This is a common progression for some not most "ADHD kids." As a young adult he was satisfied to do nothing while living financially off his parents, still feeling entitled to whatever he could get. Just no self pride at all, no energy, no goals. Based on what I know today, I would consider he has anti-social personality disorder.

steve   February 18th, 2011 12:42 pm ET

You say the jail house testomony would be dangerous for him- NO The guy that killed her and shot the dad, made a deal with prosecutors and can't lie about what he told them. BUT, if he thinks that money will be put on his books, you would have someone else counter your testomony, like someone else that is going to be in jail for along time, that would like alittle money put on his books or atleast have someone in jail that would make sure he had what he wanted. This was set up while they talked in jail.

Lynn Biermann   February 18th, 2011 12:44 pm ET

I don't understand why the prosecution can ask all their questions without any objections, while the defensive can't even get a full question in without her,(the prosecutor) opening her mouth before hearing what the full question is.
It breaks up his (the defense attorney) delivery and focus to me, the viewer.

Are we looking for the truth or just a conviction ?

Mr. J. Sutton appeared to answer every question the way he felt like answering it, and not necessarily what was asked of him.
He was allowed to chatter for as long as he wanted as well. I have not observed any other witness being allowed to be just as expressive.

I am sorry but I feel Mr. J. Sutton has a very selected memory recall.. Some things were as clear as day and others not so much.

I agree with the Defense Attorney, Mr. Sutton is a 'Very Smart' man'.
I am sorry for his 'Incident' however he did appear to be enjoying the spotlight.

He seemed to show just as much remorse as his son ....

My statement is not to be cynical, or to be view as I have already determined quilt or innocent it is just my observation's and opinion of the trial so far.

I am sure this is not a popular comment, however we really do not know at this point if the son had any involvement.

We all have a past, and his is not the only past that is not so appealing? He does deserve to be given the benefit of the doubt.

Trish   February 18th, 2011 12:56 pm ET

Thursday's question was "What advice would you give Mr Sutton to get over the trauma?"

Considering that Mr Sutton is back at work, found love again, has a sense of humor, promotes & supports optical nerve research [whether it'll help his situation] & even goes skiing, I wouldn't give him any advice – I'd say we could all learn from his example about how to live fully & optimistically even after suffering tragedy & severe injury.

nita   February 18th, 2011 1:15 pm ET

Did the Sutton's adopt a relative of John Sutton's? He and Chris have similar eyes, body types, smiles, and noses.

Sandy R, Ohio   February 18th, 2011 1:16 pm ET

How much experience does Sutton's defense attorney have? He can't seem to get many of his questions past the prosecutor...

Sutton's friends from Paradise Cove, in my opinion, hurt Chris's case. They went on to become productive citizens...Chris did not. He still allowed his parents to support him. The only job Chris had was selling drugs...associating with other criminals...not I think they did more harm for him than good!

Diana   February 18th, 2011 2:00 pm ET

Isn't it possible that C Sutton hired the hitman and the hitman, on his own, decided to burglarize, as well?

sonja ogle   February 18th, 2011 2:12 pm ET

I want to know how old was Christophers sister at the time of the killing, and was she in the home on that fateful night?
Did Christopher give the shooter instructions as to that his "sister" should not be harmed, or was she suppose to be killed too in order for Christopher to collect all the money for himself?

A troubled parent   February 18th, 2011 2:28 pm ET

Why did the sister of Christopher not testify either for the prosecution or defense? Wouldn't she give good insight to what Christopher was like growing up, either bad or good?

so if he is pleading not guilty why are they so focused on his time at paradise cove?   February 18th, 2011 2:42 pm ET

I don't understand why we are going over everything about this place if he didn't do it and had no part in it? It makes no sense. He's a spoiled brat. They should have kept him in samoa.

Belforte   February 18th, 2011 3:26 pm ET

Sandy R.

Bruce Fleisher has been practicing law for 34 years. He was a prosecutor for three years and went into private practice. He is one of the nations premier defense attorneys. He didn't have much to work with in a client like Christopher Sutton. There was just too much circumstantial evidence and motive against C. Sutton. In my opinion, C. Sutton's girlfriend Jules should have been indited as well for her knowledge of what was about to happen. She could have called the police or warned John Sutton but she didn't. She was too enthralled with the possibility of the big money and kept her mouth shut. IMO she lied like the devil in court.

Belforte   February 18th, 2011 3:38 pm ET


You are absolutely right, John Sutton is and should be and inspiration to all victims and survivors of violent crime. He seems mostly put back together, maybe not physically but his synapses are in order and aligned. One has to remember that after 40 years practicing as an attorney, he was an excellent witness and also knew Bruce Fleisher. There was bound to be a bit of levity on JS's part since he has cross examined many a witness. Bruce F. was dealing with a seasoned pro and JS didn't let him get away with anything. Fleisher handled John Sutton with kid gloves and Mr. Sutton came away the Star Witness in this case.

Dennis Metz   February 18th, 2011 3:47 pm ET

What I don't understand about this whole trial is (1)John is a great lawyer, (2) he had his chance to let Chris go to juvinile justice after Chris burglarized a school (I am sure he used his influence to keep him out of the pokey), (3)why go to such extreme measures (kidnapping you own child), (4) wheter chris is guilty or not, there is no doubt his due process rights were violated (keeping in Samoa after his 18th birthday). Thus far, there is reasonable doubt.

mark c   February 18th, 2011 3:54 pm ET

I too am tired of the prosecutor objecting to every question.

it makes me think she is covering something up. i don't see

how anyone can get a fair trial with that prosecutor. i think

defense counsel shows alot of restraint in dealing with her.

jeri morrison   February 18th, 2011 7:45 pm ET

When Chris took the stand today he made a beliver out of me that he is guilty. If he did not hate his parents for sending him to that boot camp how can he remember everything about it, including how hard the path was going down the mountain to the beach. I can hardly wait to hear the rest of his story. To bad Monday is a holiday and I have to wait for Tuesday to come

Rebecca   February 18th, 2011 11:03 pm ET

Apparently there Melissa is 7 years younger than Chris. If they shipped Chris off to boarding school and then off to Samoa- I doubt Melissa had much of relationship with Chris and she probably has bad memories of the parents arguing with him. After all, she would have only been 9 by the time he went off to boarding school.

Its almost like they decided Chris was a lost cause and they would focus on Melissa. I suspect there is no love lost between the siblings.

Jayce Victor   February 20th, 2011 3:14 pm ET

We here similar court cases such as the Florida v. Sutton happen all the time. It is getting to the point where any persons can turn on their televisions and watch a court case like this and not become surprised. Due to the fact that we are becoming accustomed to seeing this happen too often, and its beginning to seem like a normal situation. In my opinion, It shows that we are living in a world where people have no sympathy for each other. A question that i tend to think about is what compels people to carry out such heinous crimes? When dealing with these issues we tend to look past the fact that people do not usually just wake up one morning and say I want to kill John Doe, unless they are mentally ill. There has to be a bigger issue in which those who commits these heinous crimes never deal with and over time gets worse. My point is as a viewer of this show and as the American people, I think it is time we awaken ourselves and realize what is happening around us.

trixie beldon   February 22nd, 2011 11:23 am ET

The police said that Mrs. Sutton was talking on the phone when murdered.

Who was she talking with? And why did they not call this person as a witness?
(unless I missed it)

Bruce Kilhefner   February 22nd, 2011 12:33 pm ET

who is paying for Chris Sutton's defense?

Ida   February 22nd, 2011 12:34 pm ET

I know it looks like Chris is guilty. I get that but why do we as outsiders always seem to make the process Guilty until proven Innocent.
Isn't it suppose to be the other way around?

trixie beldon   February 22nd, 2011 12:49 pm ET

Why isn't the judge telling then prosecutor to withhold her objections? Her continued objections are annoying and unwarrented.

Think I need to take some headache medicine watching this trial.

Just commenting on the trial itself.

deb   February 22nd, 2011 5:59 pm ET

Ya know, sometime parents can be TOO good to children, and spoil them... the proof to that is how Chris has NEVER HELD a full time job for any amount of time, he was ungrateful, and GREEDY and wanted all the $$...why do you think he made the comment...(upon finding out the mom was dead) "oh, now we can have whatever we want" The mother must have been the disciplinarian of the parents... hope justice is served

Kathy Sustersic   February 22nd, 2011 6:53 pm ET

Why would Garret Kopp kill for $100,000 he wasn't sure he'd get? Why would Cris Sutten kill for an inheritance he didn't know he'd get? Or did

Sharon   February 23rd, 2011 1:29 am ET

The last three trials have been informative and interesting to watch.

This case Florida vs. Sutton seems so amateurish, with the prosecutor objecting every few minutes. The rinky dink photographs that needed to be described twice to the jury, due to the smallness of the photos. Have you ever heard of using technology, like power point or blow up the photos? Today, when Chris Sutton had to review the telephone call report, it was so large, (like the lottery winner's checks) that was rediclous. It seems as if the In Session producers are repeating the same things and not making too much progress completing this case. I did enjoy the body language interpreter; keep her on for all of the trials!
Is there nothing else you can report on until Arizona vs..Ray?

Paula Cotter   February 23rd, 2011 11:25 am ET

I have watched this from the start. I think G. Kopp's father was correct, that Chris primed this poor mixed up kid into doing and whatever Chris wanted him to do. That is why he kept him dependent on drugs.
Chris is such an arrogant person. Just watching how he differed between his lawyer and the procecuter. I think this procecutor is really starting to make him very angry. He looks like he wants to jump out of the chair at her. I hope this ends soon, it's starting to get boring.
I hope the C.Anthony case will be better. But with Biaze I doubt it.....

Aly   February 23rd, 2011 10:49 pm ET

There is NEVER a reason to have your 16 year old son kidnapped and taken thousands of miles away from home. NEVER!! Parents, no matter if they are adopted or biological. THEY decide that they want that responsibility, especially before adoption. That is no accident. When there are bumps in the road, some small, some larger, you work it out. I'm stunned that these parents CHOSE to have their son kidnapped and rushed away for almost 3 years without any contact. It's horrifying to even imagine. There is a picture of the biological mother, does anyone know who is the biological father. She wanted him to have a better life, or did she just want to get rid of the responsibilty like the Suttons? People who say he had such a wonderful life, I would like to ask them if they've ever seen Mommy Dearest?

MichellefromOhio   February 24th, 2011 12:04 pm ET

Aly, that is so easy for you to say. I adopted a troubled youth. Thought i could love her so much that it would set her fee of her demons. How arraogant of me to think I weild that kind of power. I can see that now,,,hindsight being 20/20.
I loved her so much...i sacrificed my marriage for her.....I gave her her all I had to give...and she took it. Then as soon asshe became of age, she tracked down her biological family.....moved back with them.Im sorry but whether adopted earlier or later in life, sometimes it leaves that child forever damaged. Go ahead get mad at me....but until you walk a mile in my shoes. She made my life worse that your worst nighmare. All because she could.......

MichellefromOhio   February 24th, 2011 12:06 pm ET

Oh and do I think he is guilty?
Of course he is.
You can see that right below the surface of that pudgy boy next door face is a boiling melting pot just waiting to explode. I hope the Prosecutor entices that out of him so we can get a glimpse of the real Chris.

MichellefromOhio   February 24th, 2011 12:14 pm ET

Just saw John Suttonspost on the heart goes out to you.....believe me i know exactly how you feel. I hope you can just forgive Chris then give him what he out of his life!

Rudy Rogers   February 24th, 2011 1:08 pm ET

what is with the prosecutor objecting every few seconds.Last why don't they just play the interview by police?

Jacky   February 24th, 2011 3:07 pm ET

Drake..the 911 operator was concerned for the safety of officers and EMTs that would be summoned to the residence. If the killer was in the house he could/would kill more than one person. I would want to know if there was a chance I could die if I was called to a scene like that!!

Jacky   February 24th, 2011 3:11 pm ET

Personally I like the way the prosecutor is questioning Chris Sutton..she is getting him to show his anger and hate..that's exactly what the jury needed to see. He made a statement that he wasn't angry at his parents for sending him to the boot camp BUT he DID say he was pissed...can someone please tell me what the difference is?? Thumbs up for the prosecution and I am all for a guilty verdict!!!

sammy   February 24th, 2011 3:38 pm ET

Couple of things I question.... what's with the parents getting rid of their kid for some trouble he got into. If all parents of teenagers did that, those kinds of places would be overflowing and the high schools would be almost empty. Did they try other things first? Family counseling? When he became a handful (which alot of teenagers do), they just shipped him off to boarding schools and then Samoa. Its like saying, here, fix him and send him back when he's perfect. 2nd, the father seems all about money. several comments...not about his car but his "Mercedes". Not having life insurance because he was rich. Being such a hard worker and successful. I'm sure it was hard for a teenager to live up to those expectations and hence the rebel.

And the prosecutor is extremely annoying. She objected to almost every question. I wanted to hear what this young man said in his own defense and she kept breaking up the rythum of the questioning. She does not need to call him Mr. Sutton with every question. The people in the court know his name full well.

If I had to vote right now, I would say not guilty.

deborah   February 24th, 2011 6:41 pm ET

arrogant,spiteful,ungrateful,defensive. boy, am i glad he's not my son, I would have emancipated him at 18. have a good life somewhere else and don't bother to call. most certainly he was the mastermind behind this and with his attitude and evasiveness on the witness stand he practically screaming at the jury that he did it. adoption horror story.

MIchele   February 27th, 2011 3:05 pm ET

It seems to me that if Kopp had gotten rid of the gun none of this would be happening. They had no suspects until they found the gun in his possesion. Then they connected Sutton to him and got the ball rolling. Why on earth he did that I'll never know unless he is just that dumb. Plus to have it with him...........just plain stupid!!!

Darlene Livingston   February 28th, 2011 11:51 am ET

I do not think the state has proven Christopher Sutton guilty beyond reasonable doubt. That he hired Kopp? I would have nightmares if I were his father indicting my son based on the twisted testimony of a drug addict who obviously would say anything to save his own life.

What happened to the 25k he inherited? The only thing that makes me doubt Christopher is his getting caught lying about which door was broken.

I think giving people immunity and allowing witnesses to benefit like their life for testifing is like obtaining information from torture which per military is usually unreliable.

Paula Cotter   February 28th, 2011 1:14 pm ET

I just read most of the comments. My heart goes out to John and his daughter Milissa Sutton. How a few of you can judge what these parents did to Chris is wrong. Chris (son) was out of hand. They did not just send him away. They put a lot of effort in trying to give him help. Just watching this Son on the Stand with the attitude all ove the place. I bet this is only a taste of what this poor family went thru.
He was up set over Rules the parents put in place. I and my brothers
and younger sister, lost our Mother to brain Cancer at age 34. My dad had to work 3 jobs to surport us. Talk about Rules, we sure had them.
My friends also did. My dad used to say, "as long as you live under my roof, you will follow my rules." I was not an goody two shoes , but was tought to respect your elders. Chris Sutton was brought up by two caring parents. Just take a look at Melissa. He wanted to do what he wanted no respect for anyone.......

Aly   March 3rd, 2011 4:42 pm ET

Most talk about rules. There are rules in every home. Christopher was kidnapped, taken half way around the world to a place none of us have been. The ones that were there with him even, they weren't whisked away, not to talk to their parents for almost 3 years. At 18 they were sent home OR just went home. Chris's parents paid another $25,000 or more to have him stay there. What is wrong with people that think that is ok? If he didn't shed any tears, I could understand why. If he had of you would have said they were phony.

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